Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Wed 13th May 2009 01:18 UTC
Benchmarks Phoronix, known for their various speed tests and reviews, compared the latest in Ubuntu and what, until recently, used to be the lastest in Mac OS X with 29 different benchmarking tests. Some of the results were rather interesting.
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Valid point, yes, but having something cached isn't the same as having it loaded, running, and available to simply run a new window. Even comparing Gnome Terminal with the OSX version demonstrates that. In functional use, even with no terminal windows open I'll have the application running, and a new one is nearly instantaneous to load.

Of course, you could always use XFCE.

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